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Mayor Muriel Bowser is running for reelection in 2018 and wants to keep the good times rolling—especially for real estate developers and restaurant owners. Now she’s got her first challenger, a yoga teacher and Rockville native named Dustin Canter, who wants to “be a mayor for everyone.” One way he’ll do this is by attempting to crash on couches in all eight wards in the months leading up to the election.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Confederate flag posters decorated with cotton stalks found on AU bulletin boards. [Post, WTOP]

  • Georgetown Law students disinvited from a Jeff Sessions speech on campus. [DCist]

  • Two firefighters injured in two-alarm blaze at Ecuadorian embassy. [Post]

  • Ten D.C. police officers head to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief efforts. [DCist]

  • Coming soon: a podcast about the 2015 “Mansion Murders.” [Fox5]

  • Powell Elementary parents worry about traffic safety in front of school. [NBC4]

  • Woman claims she was attacked by a group of unprovoked girls in Eckington. [Fox5]

  • What’s happening to your favorite Metro bus route? [GGW]

  • In Bryce Harper’s return, Nats lose to Phillies. [Post]

  • Tip: Don’t spray imitation orange juice at your bus driver. [WUSA9]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • There’s an increase in complaints over police searches. [Post]

  • Little Rock Nine members gather and reflect at African American History Museum.[ABC7]

  • Gonzaga to own up to its ties to slavery. [Post]

  • Commute times continue to rise. D.C. is second only to New York. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • And cost of traffic “hotspots” ranks third behind New York and Los Angeles. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How Sweet Beathe cat is preparing for her Shakespeare Theatre debut. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chappelletour Adams Morgan while shooting Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. [WTOP]

  • The Anacostia Community Museum deals with gentrification as the neighborhood around it changes. [WAMU]

  • According to The Deuce, the half-smokes are better in New York City. [Washingtonian]

  • Coming soon to the National Mall: A 45-foot sculpture of a nude woman, which will be lit on fire. [DCist]

  • Check out photos from Saturday’s Alley-Oop Murals and Music Festival. [DC Music Download]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Stop sucking and go naked. [WCP]

  • Adam Greenberg is cooking at Maxwell Park this fall. [WCP]

  • The latest edition of the least douchey bars in D.C. list.  [BYT]

  • Meet DBGB Kitchen + Bar’s new chef. [Washingtonian]

  • District Distillingexplains why its gin includes fancy juniper. [Edible]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • “Hopback” planned for building on 1700 block of 14th Street NW. [UrbanTurf]

  • Trader Joe’s next stop in D.C.? Glover Park. [UrbanTurf]

  • American Petroleum Institute could be Capitol Crossing’s first tenant. [Bisnow]

  • DBT Development plans 11-story, 74-unit condo building in Navy Yard. [Curbed DC]

  • Study recommends selling D.C. homes in September and October. [Curbed DC]

  • When it comes to cost, sometimes less is more in D.C. real estate. [Post]

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